Science says chilled coffee beans make for a better brew

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Science Says Chilled Coffee Beans Make For A Better Brew

For many, coffee is considered as fundamental a need as oxygen, and scientists have recently determined one way to make the beloved beverage even more satisfying.

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Researchers from the University of Bath say the way to get the best cup is to chill the coffee beans prior to grinding them.

According to a press release by the university, "The team studied the effect of grinding beans at different temperatures, from room temperature to -196°C..."

The researchers found out that beans kept at cold temperatures break down into finer and more uniformed grounds.

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Price of coffee at 10 fast food places

Wendy's

Hot coffee (regular or decaf), regular: $0.99

McDonald's

McCafe premium roast coffee, small: $1.00

Burger King

Smooth roast coffee, small: $1.00

Krispy Kreme

Coffee (smooth, rich, or decaf), small: $1.59

Dunkin' Donuts

Hot coffee, small: $1.59

Tim Hortons

Coffee (original blend, dark roast or decaf): $1.59

Caribou Coffee

Coffee of the day, small: $1.69

Panera Bread

Hot coffee, small: $1.89

Starbucks

Freshly brewed coffee, tall: $1.85

Bruegger's Bagels 

House blend coffee, small: $1.99

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The release further notes, "That's important, because small uniform coffee grinds allow for better extraction of the flavour compounds – allowing you to brew more coffee and get more flavour."

Dr. Christopher Hendon, one of the researchers, said of the discovery, "It could have a major impact for the industry. People are trying to produce a very high quality drink with really quite powerful tools and are willing to try new things."

The findings of the study were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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